Does everyone miraculously acquire wisdom at midnight on their eighteenth birthday? In the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, 16 year olds were allowed to vote. But why start at 16? The distinguished Cambridge politics professor David Runciman argues six year olds should be allowed to vote, as soon as they can read. Surely, tbough, they’re too immature, too ill informed, too open to influence, have too little stake in the outcome? Professor Runciman makes the point that all those arguments were once made against giving women the vote.
- This house would reduce the voting age to 16 / 11 / 6.
- This house would give prisoners the vote.
- This house would give EU citizens the vote in General Elections.
- This house would require everyone to pass a citizenship test before being allowed to vote.
- This house would make voting compulsory.